Monday, June 16, 2014
Die cut stacks
This card has been created exclusively for Joan's Touch, Challenge #18. We are to use nesting dies to cut out three layers of a stamped scene. I am quite "short" of scene stamps, so I created one with Art Impressions Try-Fold Stampset Harvest TF-UM4205. Because these stamps are meant to be stamped on gate-fold-shaped cards, stamping the scene involved a little masking. When I was finished, I didn't like the line drawing effect ---it was really hard to tell even what the scene was supposed to be especially after the layers were cut. (I used Spellbinders Labels 17 S5-025.) So, I inked the edges of the diecuts with Tim Holtz Distress ink Walnut Stain. This stampset is gorgeous when worked with watercolors, but I had stamped the images on plain cardstock and so instead I used colored pencils and Gamsol to color the image. I wrapped copper accented baker's twine around the card base and then cut a mat from Core-dinations sandable paper. I traced the outside of largest of the dies and then hand cut the 1/8" inch edge to create the border. Here are some tips I learned on this first one. Since the cardstock for the card was oyster, the image should have been stamped on oyster too. If mounted on white--the design was to stark for the autumn theme. AND ---images you think you want to color should be colored before die cutting them. Also, if you have a magnetic platform for your Big Shot it isn't necessary to tape the dies in place. These products, as well as dimensionals glue, tape, die cutter, etc may all be purchased at Joan's Gardens.